Key Vocabulary Terms
Review these key terms from Loggerhead Marinelife Center's Virtual Coastal Classroom Lesson to help you find the answers and unlock our favorite photos and gifs of the hammock habitat!
Coastal sand scrub: An endangered subtropical ecoregion found on coastal and inland sand ridges and is characterized by a xeromorphic (dry) plant community dominated by shrubs and dwarf oaks.
Dune: a mound or ridge of sand or other loose sediment formed by the wind, especially on the sea coast or in a desert.
Fauna: Animal life
Flora: Plant life
Habitat: the natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organisms.
Halotolerant: The adaptation of living organisms to conditions of high salinity.
Maritime forest: A broadly inclusive term that can be used to distinguish woody vegetation growing near any of the world's oceans.
Native species: Species of plants or animals that occur naturally in an area (indigenous species).
Primary dune: Within dune systems, which resemble a series of low peaks and valleys, the first dune above the intertidal zone is called the primary dune.
Succession: A natural progression (change) in plant communities due to the interplay of biological and physical processes.
Tropical hardwood hammock: a habitat that is found on higher elevations, making it (like the pinelands) a dry habitat.